Standard Five: Learning Resource System

The institution provides an adequate learning resource system which includes all materials that support a student’s educational experience and enhance an institution’s educational program such as libraries; texts; electronic resources; learning resource laboratories and centers; library consortia and interlibrary loan agreements; computers; internet access; research databases; and other similar resources and equipment.

Criteria

The following criteria are used by professional staff members and evaluation committees as indicators of compliance for the standard.

  1. The institution’s learning resource system regardless of location, means of delivery, organization (centralized or decentralized) is easily and readily accessible to students and faculty during and beyond classroom hours.
  2. The institution’s learning resource system includes materials:
  • commensurate with the level of education provided;
  • appropriate to the courses of study in sufficient quantity and scope to meet the educational objectives of each program such as:

o          relevant and current texts and periodicals;

o          research journals and databases;

o          standard works of reference;

o          multi-media and/or electronic resources;

o          electronic library resource technologies;

o          other resource materials necessary to adequately serve students.

  1. The institution’s learning resource system materials are integrated into its curriculum and program requirements as a mechanism to enhance the educational process and to facilitate positive learning outcomes for students.
  2. The institution’s learning resource system is managed by qualified institution personnel with sufficient experience to provide oversight and supervision.
  3. Qualified institution personnel orient, train and assist students and faculty in the use of the learning resource system in a manner that supports learning objectives.
  4. The institution has written policies and procedures for the on-going development of its learning resource system as part of its institutional improvement program.
  5. The institution demonstrates sufficient support and budgetary allocations for the learning resource system.
  6. The institution ensures that its students are adequately served and have ready access to sufficient and appropriate learning materials.
  7. The degree-granting institution’s learning resource system is coordinated by an individual with appropriate education and experience in learning resources (a Master of Library Science degree is preferred).